Man arrested after three robberies in Belfast city centre
A 30-year-old man has been arrested after three street robberies and attempted street robberies in Belfast city centre.
The first incident happened at around 10.30pm on Wednesday when a man using a mobility scooter near the Grosvenor Road was approached by two men asking for cigarettes.
They then assaulted the man and made off empty handed.
Police then received a report at 10.34pm that a man on a bicycle stole a woman's phone on Great Victoria Street.
Less than 15 minutes later, at 10.47pm, another woman on Ann Street had her phone stolen by a man on a bicycle wearing a grey tracksuit.
PSNI Inspector David Gibson said CCTV operators guided police to a man matching the description nearby.
"The male was stopped and searched by police who recovered four mobile phones and a small quantity of class C drugs, subsequently arresting the male on suspicion of theft, assault and possession of class C drugs. He is currently helping with our ongoing enquiries," he said.
“While we believe that each of these incidents may be linked, I am appealing to anyone with information or anyone who may have witnessed any of these incidents to contact us on 101, quoting reference number 1489 15/05/19."
Information can also be provided anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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